Best College Information Websites College Data vs College Navigator vs Niche (formerly College Prowler ... and 7 more

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If you're looking for websites with the best information on Colleges, such as program costs or scholarships and even bursaries and want to save time and effort in having to shift through the millions of search results that you'll find in searching some of these keywords then you have come to the right spot.

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Here are our 10 best College information websites that will provide you with all the information you need as a student to help you make the best decisions that will also help you de-stress the student life.

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Method 1: College Data

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If you need help with your College search then be sure to check out College Data's website with its very unique College search tool and College Chances Calculator. It's a site loaded with all kinds of great information to help you. Use the College Chances Calculator to compare GPA, test scores, class rank and more. You can even gauge your chance of being admitted against the data pool of accepted applicants. With many other helpful features, this app really is the "one stop shop" for everything you need.

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    1. College Chances Calculator allows you to compare various important aspects from GPA to test scores to gauging your chance of being accepted and more.
    2. Find money for college with the scholarship finder! Search 580,000 awards worth more than $4.3 billion.
    3. Use college match to search 2,000 colleges to find your matches and get all the details in our college profiles.
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    1. You can visit College Data to see more information by following this link and clicking here.
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Method 2: College Navigator

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College Navigator is a federal government website through the National Center for Education Statistics and houses more data on the nation's colleges and universities than any other website on the internet. If you need to scour the country for schools that match your criteria, the College Navigator's search tool will help you do that with ease - if you are not sure where to hunt for schools beyond the obvious name brand ones.

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    1. Use More Search Options to refine your search and select additional search criteria.
    2. My favorites list allows you to build a list of schools to compare in side-by-side comparisons.
    3. Save your session including search options and favorites to come back and view anytime you need.
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    1. You can visit College Navigator to see more information by following this link and clicking here.
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Method 3: Niche (formerly College Prowler

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Are you looking to search for and explore college reviews, rankings, and statistics? Then the Niche website is something you might want to go check out now since it helps you find the college that's right for you. Also, I really liked that this site also has open and honest feedback provided by current students, giving you a whole different perspective of the school then you get from a campus visit or from a brochure.

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    1. The college chances calculator uses your grades and test scores against what the site has compiled for comparison data (supposedly from actually admitted students).
    2. You will receive emails when the information you are interested in is updated once you register for the site.
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    1. You can visit Niche to see more information by following this link and clicking here.
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Method 4: Cappex

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If you're looking for a great multi-purpose site, then Cappex is the spot you want to go. All you have to do is create your student profile and then you can do everything from searching for schools to planning campus visits to even reading student reviews on schools you're interested in taking a look at and more. And added bonus is the scholarship search feature, which will allow you to see how much competition there is for a particular scholarship if you're wanting to apply for it.

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    1. Compare colleges based on the things that matter most to you, and add your personal notes and rankings.
    2. Use the What Are My Chances® Calculator to instantly tell you your college admission chances.
    3. The Cappex College Fit Meter will show you instantly if the college you're interested in is right for you.
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    1. You can visit Cappex to see more information by following this link and clicking here.
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Method 5: College Board - Big Future

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If you want to check out some quick facts about a particular school, then you should turn to the College Board website. Not only can you easily retrieve the academic profile of a college's freshman class or about financial aid, but you can find out about merit aid stats, available majors, and much more.

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    1. College search feature narrows down potential colleges to consider based on criteria that also includes location, size, etc.
    2. Get a plan will provide you a free step-by-step roadmap to college just by answering 5 simple questions.
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    1. You can visit College Board - Big Future to see more information by following this link and clicking here.
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Method 6: The College Solution

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While this isn't exactly a college search site, The College Solution is a great site to visit if you want in-depth information about a particular college search topic. Highly respected college information commentator and author Lynn O'Shaughnessy is the genius behind this terrific blog site. Lynn also gives you the "scoop" on topics and backs up her information with real world authorities and examples.

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    1. Join the College Solution newsletter to receive a free guide on finding the most generous colleges.
    2. Articles are broken down into specifics like applying for admissions to college costs to financial aid and much more.
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    1. You can visit The College Solution to see more information by following this link and clicking here.
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Method 7: College Insight

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If you're looking for a website that has gathered detailed information on thousands of colleges, then check out College Insight - which just happens to be the brainchild of the Institute for College Access and Success. Not only can you find statistics for any school on such topics as college affordability, graduation rates, and college diversity but you can also get information on the racial and ethnic breakdown of students and professors.

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    1. Spotlight shows you a snapshot of important data and a relevant comparison.
    2. Topics will begin by starting with a topic that interests you and then digs deeper to see how specific colleges, school types, or states compare.
    3. You can build your own table with any number of colleges, variables, or years in the College InSight database.
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    1. You can visit College Insight to see more information by following this link and clicking here.
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Method 8: Unigo

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Serving up the unvarnished scoop on schools from the students themselves, Unigo is a website that has teamed up with the Wall Street Journal. That's right - you won't find spin from admission offices here. Unigo strongly suggests that college students share their take on their own schools through comments, videos, and photos.

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    1. Find your perfect college and get the necessary information on scholarships to help you pay for it.
    2. See college stats and student reviews and ratings on any of the colleges that interest you.
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    1. You can visit Unigo to see more information by following this link and clicking here.
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Method 9: Fastweb

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Are you looking for a fast and easy way to find and track outside scholarships? Then the Fastweb website is the ideal choice for you. Simply mark the scholarships you do and don't want to apply to and track their due dates with ease. Once you register for this site, you will receive emails when new scholarships are available. Also on this site, you can find a college search function, career advice, and financial aid advice.

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    1. Targeted scholarships take into account your strengths, skills, and interests to show you scholarships that are meant for you.
    2. College search function will help you discover the perfect college for your interests and budget.
    3. Financial aid resources to help you make those tough financial aid decisions.
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    1. You can visit Fastweb to see more information by following this link and clicking here.
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Method 10: The Choice (New York Times)

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If you want a college blog website to help you keep up-to-date on the latest trends around college testing, admission, and financial aid, then visit The Choice website today. This website also features a blog that has a lot of question-and-answer sessions with higher education experts and college admission officers. Although the website is no longer active, the resources on it will always be evergreen so that everyone can always access them.

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    1. Tip sheet blog posts will provide you with insight and first-hand knowledge into anything from determining college fit and value to tips and checklists for graduates and more.
    2. Question-and-answer sessions with higher education experts and college admission officers will provide you with valuable information.
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